by Mark Dryfhout
For its second consecutive year, the Niagara County SPCA is hosting the "Dog Days of Summer," a celebratory event dedicated to the furry companions pet owners enjoy and adore.
The event takes place on Saturday, Aug. 3, and Sunday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on shelter grounds, located at 2100 Lockport Road in Wheatfield. The event is non-exclusive and free of charge.
Amy Lewis, the shelter director for the Niagara County SPCA, believes the main purpose of the event is to "Get people onto shelter grounds and bring a bit of fun to the SPCA."
Lewis also notes that, "the proceeds of the event will go directly back to the shelter, which is the best part of the whole event."
This year's celebration will feature many of last year's favorites, including more than 35 vendors, live music performances, agility demonstrations, police canine demonstrations, a Chiavetta's chicken barbecue, concession stands, and the Cruising for Critters Car Show (one of Lewis' favorites).
This year's celebration includes a new event: a car parts swap meet.
The musical selections for this year's "Dog Days of Summer" include MT & The Altered Boys, Tommy Z Band, Missy Ray & Co., Harvey & The Hurricanes, Pale Face, Kathy Carr Trio, Zach Carr & Chris Glowacki, and SKY. A complete schedule of show times for these performers can be found on the NCSPCA home page.
If you're looking to sink your teeth into some of the aforementioned Chiavetta's chicken, you can purchase a meal ticket for $10 at the celebration, or online at the NCSPCA website. The meal will be served on Saturday, Aug. 3, from noon to 3 p.m.
Don't forget to raise a drink in toast to your favorite furry friend at the celebration, and an honorable mention for the men and women of the dedicated NCSPCA staff and volunteer workforce. Lewis believes that the event ha a positive influence on the staff as well, "It's a nice fun atmosphere for them."
Proceeds generated at the "Dog Days of Summer" will go directly to the NCSPCA, and will be used to help care for sick and injured animals. The home website for the NCSPCA is www.niagarascpa.org. Schedule, event description, vendor applications, mailing and contact information can be found on the "Dog Days of Summer" advertisement located on the front page of the website.
The "Dog Days of Summer" promises to match and surpass all of the great fun and success the celebration had last year. "We've gotten a lot of positive feedback," says Lewis, "and they say it's a good atmosphere."
Be sure to stop in and celebrate with fellow pet owners!